A month or so ago I was the lucky winner of the Foodie Blogroll Chocri chocolate giveaway, meaning I received a $40 coupon for the chocolate of my choice from Chocri. My chocolate bars have finally arrived!
Chocri is a German based chocolate company that recently introduced itself in the U.S. during January of this year. You may be thinking, another chocolate company…don’t we already have enough of those in the U.S.? Or maybe that thought never crossed your mind, particularly if you’re a chocolate lover like me…I don’t know if there could ever be enough chocolate bureaus in my mind. Nonetheless, this isn’t just any chocolate company. Chocri’s chocolate bars are no pre-made Nestle’s Baby Ruths, or Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars, or Cadbury’s dark chocolate Bournville bars. They’re not even quite comparable to Lindt’s dark chocolate Cherry & Chili bars or their chocolate mousse-filled bars. (Hungry for chocolate yet? Just wait…)
Chocri’s chocolate bars are entirely custom-made, allowing the customer to choose from over 100 toppings. This enables chocolate lovers to create the ultimate, perfect, supreme chocolate bar of their dreams.
Here’s how it works. First, you pick your base: White, milk, or dark chocolate. (All chocolate is organic and fair trade.) Then, you choose from a variety of toppings placed in the following categories: Nuts, Fruit, Spices, Confections, Decor, or Grains.
So if you’re a nutty person, maybe you’ll go with the “classic” roasted almonds or hazelnut brittle. Or maybe you’ll step out on the limb and opt for wasabi peanuts, cashews with cheese-coated curry, or pinenuts. Then, if you’re looking to get down with some fruit, you can move on to the fruit section and choose from the wonderful selection that includes oh-so-delicious sounding blueberries, strawberries, or pear. If you’re looking to get a little more fruity, why not go for the goji berries, papaya cubes, or fig bits? Then you can browse your way over to the spices section, and choose from fennel to ginger to coriander to chives, and every spice in between. Then be sure to make your way to the confections section, and maybe add some toffee, or peanut butter, caramel, lemon, orange or honey drops, or how about some Colorful Chocolate Dragees (whatever the heck those are…they’ll look pretty regardless)? Next stop- the grains section. Choose from organic salt pretzels, corn flakes, or organic sesame seeds. Trying to make a little healthy dark chocolate concoction? Why not add some organic flax seeds or organic mint leaves or spelt flakes. Or maybe you want to be the “unique” one, so you’ll choose the candied lilac or organic chamomile. Complete your journey at the decor station, making sure to dress your chocolate bar up in its best attire. Choose from silver pearls, marzipan roses, real golden flakes, and a variety of other sumptuous affair.
The only downside of such an array of extravagant toppings is deciding which ones to choose! Only 5 toppings per bar are permitted, but I’m not sure if any more would be a good idea anyways. It’s hard not to get lost in all the toppings, and you wouldn’t want to end up with a bar containing an overly abnormal combination such as cappuccino chocolate drops mixed with basil…unless you’re really trying to go for that “unique” appeal. Although who knows, maybe you’ll be the one to discover the next breakthrough chocolate combination for all the other pre-made chocolate bar companies to capitalize on.
Anyways, these are the bars I chose to spend my $40 on. I’m a dark chocolate gal, so that’s what I stuck with. I tried to choose topics that were different, but also got hooked by a few of the rather classic toppings.
The peanuts have that timeless crunchy brittle outside, and the chili gives this bar a nice red touch. I would’ve preferred the chili to be a bit more on the spicy side so that the flavor would stand out a little more, but this bar proves to be tasty nonetheless. If you’ve never tried sea salt with chocolate, I definitely recommend it!
The Simple but Enticing: Dark Chocolate with Honey Chocolate Drops and Pine Nuts
The honey drops really surprised me with this one. I expected the mini Hershey Kiss-like drops to be filled with honey, but instead they are solid milk chocolate. However, the honey flavor that they provide is profuse. And the honey doesn’t taste like some fake flavoring. It tastes surprisingly real, like those little honey sticks you get as a kid. The pine nuts added a nice subtle touch, although
The Grown-up Kiddie Bar: Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Brittle and Caramel Chocolate Drops
The hazelnut brittle added a touch of crunchy sweetness, while the caramel gave the chocolate bar a classic feel. This was the sweetest of the combination. Once again, the chocolate drops weren’t filled with caramel, which I think I would have preferred, but regardless, I enjoyed this bar.
The All Night Love Potion: Dark Chocolate with Blueberries, Plum Bits, and Spicy Volcano Cashews
I love pairing blueberries with dark chocolate, so this bar did not disappoint. The “spicy volcano cashews” added a salty, spicy element that paired perfectly with the sweetness of the blueberries and plum bits and the slight bitterness of the dark chocolate. This was a bar that pleased all the taste buds in my mouth.
The dark chocolate in these bars was rather delicious. Although for my taste it could have been a tad on the darker side, it has an exceptional creaminess and depth.
I couldn’t think of a better idea for a chocolate company. And get this, the founders, Micha and Franz, are still in college! Chocri was established online September 1, 2008, after Franz, in search for a present for his girlfriend, decided to decorate a chocolate bar with his girlfriend’s favorite toppings. So, the first Chocri turned out to be a white chocolate bar with gummy bears, dried nuts, and fruit. From there, Micha and Franz took the idea to a large-scale level, and have thus created Chocri, which is now established in Germany and the U.S., and soon to be in the UK.
All I can say is I’m happy I was introduced to Chocri’s make-your-own, organic, fair-trade chocolate and will most likely be returning to their website…but hopefully not in the too near future. I’m hoping I can make 4 chocolate bars last longer than a few weeks!